Chitral valley: Despite boycott, APML wins two seats

Published: May 13, 2013

An APML candidate for the K-P Assembly seat PK-90 (Chitral), Ghulam Muhammad, defeated PPP’s Sardar Hussain.

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) announced boycott of the 2013 elections just days before the balloting in protest against a life-time ban on its founder Pervez Musharraf from running for a public office. But interestingly, two candidates of the party – one each for National Assembly and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly – still contested and won the elections in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. 

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after a four-year self-exile to lead his party in the 2013 elections. He wanted to contest from four constituencies, including NA-32 (Chitral), but his nomination papers were rejected for all the constituencies. Not only that, the Peshawar High Court also slapped a life-time ban on him from contesting elections.

Shahzada Iftikharuddin, the covering candidate for Musharraf, contested the election despite his party’s boycott and defeated his rival, Abdul Latif of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, by a margin of over 3,000 votes. Shahzada Iftikharuddin, son of Shahzada Moiuddin, belongs to the royal family of Chitral. In the past his father won this constituency four times.

Similarly, an APML candidate for the K-P Assembly seat PK-90 (Chitral), Ghulam Muhammad, defeated PPP’s Sardar Hussain. However, another AMPL candidate, Shahzada Khalid Pervaiz, brother of Shahzada Iftikharuddin, lost to PPP’s Saleem Khan on PK-89 (Chitral).

Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2013.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Mohammad
    May 13, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Rigging of elections started from Banning the Pervez Musharraf… If had he allowed to vote, he would have made dent to PMLN surely as well may have got few more seats.

    Also, he wisely advised Imran Khan to get into alliance with smaller or newer parties.. unfortunately Imran Khan didn’t listen to him tried conquering Pakistan on his own, which ultimately led to downfall of all hopes we had.

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  • Aamir
    May 13, 2013 - 3:23PM

    That is absolutely mind blowing. No campaign. Leader arrested. Party boycotted. But since names were already printed, people went out and still voted for their true leader! Well done Chitral!

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  • Akber Ali
    May 13, 2013 - 8:16PM

    This a gift from people of Chitral for our Great Leader.We will always support PM.May Allah protect our leader from all evil forces.Ameen

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  • Chitrali
    May 13, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Musharraf will come back in next general elections.

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  • Naim
    May 14, 2013 - 1:28AM

    Musharraf suggested a few times for an alliance with P.T.I, some people in the party are totally
    against Musharraf and said no.Imran Khan even ridiculed Musharraf at the time, Musharraf said
    if they don’t want an alliance,I also don’t, no one is begging them,I could also show that bravado
    he only suggested the alliance to break the status quo.Imran khan had become over confident
    wanting all the glory limelight for himself and actually thought he could win on his own.
    Thanks to ex pmln&mush people jumping on board in the last 18months and massive media
    hype&coverage helped to generate p.t.I fever and last few days before the election the fall gave him some extra sympathy votes.P.t.I is also responsible for Musharraf’s disqualification from
    Chitral,the p.t.I candidate objected to Musharraf contesting in Chitral.P.t.I deserved losing in
    Chitral.Long live Musharraf.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    May 14, 2013 - 1:38AM

    elections are happening in the next 2 years. APML will clear musharrafs name and get ready to land a few punches when the government crumbles. wait and watch.

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  • azad
    May 16, 2013 - 5:11PM

    well done chitral for honest with a honest leader

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  • Muhammad Owais
    May 28, 2013 - 12:22PM

    no words for it””

    Long live Musharraf,,,

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